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Jim Hoerricks is the Senior Forensic Video Analyst for the Los Angeles Police Department's Scientific Investigation Division, a Photoshop instructor, an author, and a court qualified expert witness in Forensic Video Analysis. His site, Forensic Photoshop, contains lots of interesting posts and tutorials that deal with using Photoshop for forensic work.
Jim established the LAPD's Forensic Video Lab in 2001, has been the lead analyst on many of the LAPD's high-profile cases, and helped set the standard by which video evidence is handled by the department. Jim has also written a book, Forensic Photoshop.
We are pleased to offer some of his Photoshop CS3 tutorials and articles.
Photoshop CS3 Tutorials By Jim Hoerricks - LAPD Forensic Expert
Forensic Photoshop Tutorial - Sharpening in LAB mode
I've received a few e-mails from folks asking for a demonstration on sharpening in LAB mode. With this technique, we are going to be targeting just the Lightness Channel - affecting only the lightness values in the image.
In today's image, detail is important. In a structural failure such as this, I want to highlight the sources of that failure. In this case, the bridge's details, the torn and twisted metal, the bent rebar, and the broken concrete all have a part to play in the telling of this story. I also want to make sure that the items in the water receive attention.
Forensic Photoshop Tutorial - Custom Filters Explained
If you are a fan of High Pass sharpening like me, you've probably passed the Custom filter on a daily basis. You may have even opened it up to see what it does. Then, after seeing this spreadsheet looking thing, clicked cancel and haven't given it a thought since. Let's take a look at a couple of effects that can be produced using custom filters.
Forensic Photoshop Tutorial - Info Palette - An Analyst's Best Friend
There are times, as an artist or photographer, that I want to create a certain look and feel with an image - warm, hot, cool, cold, and etc. These types of temperature issues can help set the mood and convey a certain message. Look at the images used in advertising and you'll see what I mean. Johnny Walker's Blue Label is a different blue than LA Dodger Blue. The difference is in the brightness value (HSB). Dial down the brightness of any colour to cool it off.
In Forensic science, numbers are king. Regardless of my monitor's state of repair, or my calibration method, if I sample an image I will be able to determine the RGB values for a particular pixel within Photoshop.
Forensic Photoshop Tutorial - Simple Noise Removal Tip
In this Photoshop tutorial we'll look at a semi-destructive way to remove colour noise. I say semi-destructive because even though we are using a "painting tool," the content and context remains unchanged. Working from a layer copy and hiding the original, we're simply removing the noise in this image the easy way.
Forensic Photoshop Tutorial - Using Layers To Speed Things Up
Here's an older technique that still works well. A question came in about working some scans of photos from an old case file. The negatives had long since been lost, but the prints were still in the file and needed to be scanned and cleaned up. The agency hasn't upgraded to a CS version of Photoshop. What to do?
Forensic Photoshop Tutorial - Working With Quicktime Movies
A question came in about working with video in Photoshop CS3. The answer to "how do I get the video back out of Photoshop once I'm finished?" prompted a discussion that I'll share with you.
Forensic Photoshop Tutorial - Local Contrast Control with the Sponge Tool
This tip is a fun one: using the Sponge Tool to control local contrast. To bring out the details in an image, I can use an curves/levels adjustment layer. I can further refine that adjustment with masks. With the Sponge Tool, I can target specific areas of the image quickly. Working on a separate layer, I can apply these edits non-destructively.
Forensic Photoshop Tutorial - Using Calculations For Black & White Conversion
Sometimes we find it necessary to convert our images to grayscale. There are a few different methods available to us that yield different results. You've probably heard that simply choosing Grayscale from the Image menu is not the best way to go about it. This produces similar results as converting the image to LAB mode then selecting only the Lightness channel. You may have also worked with the Channel Mixer or CS3's new Black and White adjustment layer tools.
I like Calculations for several reasons. I can use it for masking and I can use it for black and white conversions. By using it for black and white conversions, I have an incredible amount of control over the final look of the image. I also have the ability to create a new document from the results, thus preserving my original. Let's take a look.
Importing Images Into Photoshop Lightroom 2
We'll start the discussion on importing images into Lightroom 2 by looking at those images that were captured by another device and already exist on our system (internal or external storage device). Select File>New Catalog to start with a fresh catalog. When we do, Lightroom will relaunch and you'll see a screen that looks like this - an empty catalog viewed in the Library Module.
Photoshop CS3 Tutorial - Working With Auto Levels In Adjustment Layers
Forensic Photoshop Tutorial - Tool Presets
Forensic Photoshop Tutorial - Disabled Layer Masks
Forensic Photoshop Tutorial - Merge Visible Layers
Correcting Color Shifts
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